Stroke Rehabilitation

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to any part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood, or there is sudden bleeding into or around the brain. The symptoms of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing with one or both eyes; sudden trouble with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination; or sudden severe headache with no known cause.

There are two kinds of strokes: ischemic and hemmorrhagic.  An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, usually by a blood clot. These clots may be caused by “hardening of the arteries” in the carotid arteries, which feed the head and brain with oxygen-rich blood. The second kind of stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, occurs when there is bleeding into or around the brain.

 

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